Jibing: learn how to bear away in a windsurfer | Photo: PWA/Carter

Controlling a windsurf board and sail in high wind conditions can be extremely difficult. Bearing away is not a problem if you take an upwind line, in order to reduce speed and help sheeting the rig in.

Jibing/gybing has its secrets but in extraordinary high winds and choppy waters, details play a decisive role, and only the survival jibe technique will get you sailing away. Control, commitment and timing; that's all you need.

When the wind is blowing hard, and you're heading into the wind, you must start carving your windsurf board earlier before jibing. If you blast along and try to carve the board round from beam reach to beam reach, wind will beat you, and you'll lose control.


2014 Elements Spring Racing: tight races at Fergusson Park | Photo: Elements Watersports

Laurence Carey has triumphed in the 2014 Elements Spring Racing, at Fergusson Park, Tauranga, in New Zealand.

The Kiwi windsurfing event is designed to attract podium-chasing racers, but also all those weekend warriors, and recreational funboarders. Riders from as far afield as Wellington and Warkworth attended the competition.

After a little buoy maneuvering, racing got underway with some fast, clean starts in all fleets. The lumpy conditions at the marks challenged even the most seasoned campaigner, and mid-race tuning of the course was required as significant wind shifts impacted a couple of races.


FreeDelta Re: ready for shallow waters and weedy lagoons | Photo: Black Project Fins

Black Project Fins has developed FreeDelta Re, a free ride windsurfing fin specifically designed for shallow waters and weedy lagoons.

When Rene Egli contacted Black Project Fins, the company owned by Chris Freeman, he was looking for a very specific windsurfing fin that would work in a very shallow lagoon.

In this type of conditions, a traditional fin has serious limitations, so Chris and his team knew they had to invent something short, about half the length of a regular fin. Impossible? Maybe not.